Mossberg and the Miltary

Discussion in 'The Past, Present And Future Of Mossberg' started by John A., Sep 24, 2011.

  1. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    Just curious if anyone knows how many of what weapons have been provided to the service of our country over the generations.

    I know various military branches currently use 590's and 500's, but I am curious if anyone here knows a rough estimate of how many and exactly what branches/units and where.

    I read a post somewhere that Mossberg didn't like to blow their own horn, but this is something they should be proud of.
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    Mossberg claims the Model 500 is the only shotgun to pass the US Army's Mil-Spec 3443E test, "a brutal and unforgiving torture test with 3,000 rounds of full power 12 gauge buckshot". (The updated 3443G specification requires a metal trigger guard, so only the Model 590A1 variants, which have a heavier barrel and use metal trigger groups instead of the standard Model 500's plastic trigger groups, will fit the requirements.)

    While the Marines officially switched to the semi-automatic Benelli M1014 Combat Shotgun in 1999, various branches of the US military are still acquiring pump shotguns. The Navy acquired several thousand Mossberg 590A1 shotguns in 2004, and the US Army placed an order in 2005 for 14,818 units at a price of just over $316 each (The Benelli M1014 is considerably more expensive).

    In 2009 US Special Forces Groups procured Military Enhancement Kits to provide a standardized shotgun configuration based on the Mossberg 500. The kits included a collapsible stock, "shotgun retention system", 1913 receiver rail, forend rail system and breaching barrels. A total of 1301 shotguns were converted with the first unit being equipped in July, 2009. The majority of the kits convert the standard issue shotgun to a 14" compact model with a 16" accessory breaching barrel.

    Mossberg also produced a US Military version of the model 500. The model number is 500 MILLS and contains a U.S. prefix to the serial number. This particular model (500MILLS) contains all metal parts, is parkerized with a 20" barrel. The magazine capacity is 6+1.
  3. MossyMilDot

    MossyMilDot .223

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    My Infantry Brigade went with a Gov't credit card and purchased all the Mossy 500's they could find in the Miss State area in 2006 prior to going to Afghanistan. These did NOT come from the Gov't purchase pipeline.
  4. GunnyGene

    GunnyGene .308

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    Millions. Some you could add up the numbers such as colt, winchester, remington and others by looking them up at http://www.proofhouse.com or other sites to get an approximation. A lot of records are missing or otherwise not available tho. I think it would be a difficult research project.
  5. infantryfrogscubas1

    infantryfrogscubas1 .22LR

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    Most of my platoon has Mossberg 500's & Mavericks at home. Active duty service uses a-lot of Remington's from past experience - all black.
  6. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER I See You Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Thank you for serving Sir...
  7. old mossy

    old mossy Terrapene Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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